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Old 09-23-2013, 06:10 AM   #1
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Default How to remove window regulator at junk yard?

I need to replace the window regulator on my wifey’s ’98 ‘vert. The motor is fine. Its the regulator that is bent all to hell due to it getting stuck and my wife trying to force it up. She did it so much that the door skin separated from the door…. Lovely…

Anyway, the local pick-n-pull junkyard has two mustangs with the window & regulator intact. They both have the factory rivets connecting the window to the regulator, so I’ll have to drill them out. I’ve removed the regulator already from my wifey’s car, but I was able to move the window up/down to get access to the rivets etc. I’m not so lucky at the junk yard. They don’t have any batteries and the wiring is all hacked up to hell in both cars. The difference between the two cars is one has the window in the full up position and the other has the window in the full down position. How do I get the regulator and window out without any power? I don’t want to be a douche and break the glass though.

What do you guys suggest (other then breaking the class)? Thanks...
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:25 AM   #2
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Try this....

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Old 09-23-2013, 11:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for the video. I had “skimmed” that video while searching around youtube, but didn’t notice they covered the case where the regulator doesn’t move (e.g. no power or broken regulator). With the tips it gave I was able to go to the junk yard and pull the regulator without breaking the glass or drilling out the window rivets. Thanks again...
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:20 AM   #4
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And it was a good thing I didn’t break the glass too. When I got home to install the new (to me) regulator I noticed that the metal bracket glued/crimped onto the stock window was loose. I wiggled it a few times and it popped right off. Oops… So I went back to the junk yard this morning and picked up the window I had pulled.

I’m glad I stashed the window in the door instead of just leaving it out because when I was there they were yelling at some guy who had gone into the yard and started randomly breaking car windows "for fun”. They were threatening to arrest him if he didn’t pay for the windows he broke ($280 total at $35/per window). Serves him right in my opinion...
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lol yeah, cool.
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